JAMAICA – PM says machete-wielding mother’s actions inexcusable

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the viral social media video of a St Thomas woman beating her daughter with a machete should serve as a watershed moment for all Jamaicans.

The video, which was captured last year and made public last week, has drawn widespread condemnation.

Holness, in his first public comments on the video, says he understands the frustrations facing single parents, especially when their child enters puberty, but described the woman’s actions as unacceptable.

He says during his tenure as Education Minister he had to deal with the negative sides of corporal punishment.

The Prime Minister says while he does not excuse the actions of the woman seen in the video, he is not condemning her.

He says the woman needs help and support so that she can change and become a spokesperson for good parenting.

10 Responses to JAMAICA – PM says machete-wielding mother’s actions inexcusable

  1. Kelly Scantlebury
    Kelly Scantlebury October 8, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I real lost about the headline and the pic. Smh

  2. Richard Edwards
    Richard Edwards October 8, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Fah real…

  3. Richard Edwards
    Richard Edwards October 8, 2017 at 11:28 am

    But if the Jamaica PM said that i agreed ..

  4. Adeline Speede
    Adeline Speede October 8, 2017 at 11:28 am

    This is the picture they used earlier in connection with the firing of the clerk typist there.

  5. Dale Blackman
    Dale Blackman October 8, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Sure it is

  6. Arlette Herbert
    Arlette Herbert October 8, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I was wondering the same thing….sigh!

  7. Cyan Jada
    Cyan Jada October 8, 2017 at 12:02 pm


  8. Fancyface Gibson
    Fancyface Gibson October 8, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Just goes to show anything for a headline

  9. BIGSKY October 8, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I understand all you said Mr.PM but first beat the mother with the said cutlass and see how much she likes it,then you can give her all the help and supports she need.

  10. jj bellony October 8, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    That look a normal everyday thing, that goes on daily. The child knew what to expect and so was the dog in that surrounding.


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